Be a part of an industry on the move.

Prepare yourself with training and experience.

Diesel Service Technicians inspect, maintain, repair and overhaul buses, trucks, and other vehicles with a diesel engine. Their work is varied: they may work on a vehicle’s electrical system, make major engine repairs, or do routine maintenance. Continuing advances in diesel technologies to improve engine performance have made it essential to have up-to-date training and skills.

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Diesel Service Technology program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Diesel Service Technology program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Diesel Service Technology program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of Diesel Service Technology program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $14,655
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.

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Diesel Service Technology Certificate from Baker College

Diesel Service TechnologyCertificate

Be a part of an industry on the move.

Prepare yourself with training and experience.

Diesel Service Technicians inspect, maintain, repair and overhaul buses, trucks, and other vehicles with a diesel engine. Their work is varied: they may work on a vehicle’s electrical system, make major engine repairs, or do routine maintenance. Continuing advances in diesel technologies to improve engine performance have made it essential to have up-to-date training and skills.

Discover Your Future Diesel Service Technology Career

Career Facts

$42,320

Median salary for Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics

9%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$54,500

Median salary for Diesel Service Managers

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Overview

Baker’s Diesel Service Technology - Certificate program combines courses in engine theory, operating principles, diagnosis and repair, and other essentials with as much lab and shop work as possible, giving you hands-on experience in using the latest tools and equipment in our state-of-the-art facility.

In addition to core classes in vehicle systems, you have the opportunity to specialize in special areas that interest you.

As a graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to complete the certification tests required by the state of Michigan and ready to begin a great career.

The Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan at Baker College of Owasso is the only college in Michigan with Master Accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for Diesel Service Technology.  

Course Information
Requirements63 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
DSL 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Deals with the theory of operation for the diesel engine. Fuel, compression, and other systems are discussed. Major components of each are examined as background to viewing the engine as a system. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Corequisite(s):
DSL 106.
Diesel Engine Theory4
DSL 106
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the field of diesel repair, the diesel repair facility, tools and safety procedures required within the diesel courses as well as in diesel repair centers. Topics include safety, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), starting and moving diesel tractors and the proper use of shop tools and equipment along with basic heavy equipment systems. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Diesel Shop Practices4
DSL 116
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5 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the introduction to auto/diesel electrical/electronic systems which includes basic theories, electrical/electronic components, wiring and circuit diagrams, circuit protection, switches, relays solenoids and battery fundamentals. This course also focuses on the use of test equipment such as digital multimeters, test lights, jumper wires and logic probes used to diagnose basic electrical/electronic faults. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Corequisite(s):
DSL 106.
Introduction to Diesel Electrical5
DSL 141
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5 Quarter Hours

Continues the coverage of electrical systems including lighting, electrical devices and accessories, and motor-driven electrical components. Computer controlled electronics is introduced including its use in security alarms, airbags, and sound systems. 15 hours of lecture and 70 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
DSL 106, C or better in DSL 116.
Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems I5
DSL 142
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5 Quarter Hours

Continues the coverage from previous courses focusing on advanced diagnostic techniques. Includes computerized testing and analysis of electrical/electronic systems. Advanced diagnostic techniques are utilized to analyze system problems. Also examines new technology including hybrid and fuel-cell systems, navigation systems, safety devices, and other vehicle features and options. 15 hours of lecture and 70 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 141.
Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems II5
DSL 171
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5 Quarter Hours

Allows students the opportunity to complete cylinder head diagnosis and repair service will be covered. Covers the entire engine construction focusing on the cylinder head and the upper engine to include intake manifolds and exhaust manifolds. Cooling and lubrication systems, block, sleeves, and crankshafts will also be covered. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 101, DSL 106, C or better in DSL 116.
Diesel Engine Repair5
DSL 181
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to preventative maintenance of diesel equipment. Coverage will include safety equipment, basic vehicle operation, instruments and controls along with hardware, inspections of the brakes, tires, wheels and suspension as well as steering systems. An introduction to Preventative Maintenance Plans (PMP) will be covered. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
DSL 106, C or better in DSL 116.
Introduction to Diesel Maintenance and Repair4
DSL 221
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6 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the design and operation of the complete air brake system for a tractor and trailer. Diagnosis of system problems as well as the machining and rebuilding of various system components will be performed. Air compressors, air lines, and storage tanks as well as brake switches and trailer brakes will be covered. 20 hours of lecture and 85 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
DSL 106, C or better in DSL 116.
Heavy Duty Brake Service6
DSL 231
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6 Quarter Hours

Examines the suspension and drive systems for both single axle and dual axle tractors. Steering mechanisms and suspension components are discussed as well as diagnosis and repair of suspension and steering systems. Alignment techniques will be used to properly align a tractor. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
DSL 106.
Heavy Duty Suspension/Steering6
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
WRK 275
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4 Quarter Hours

Consists of a 140-hour minimum paid/unpaid, hands-on experience, working in a diesel repair facility. This work experience will focus on the State of Michigan certification areas and is intended to supplement the hours spent in courses on campus for the purpose of attaining at least minimum competency.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degree), ENG 101 (Certificate), minimum GPA 2.00, Program Director/Dean approval.
Diesel Work Experience4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
AG 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the maintenance of gas and diesel engines, field machinery, tractor and power units, and shop equipment to include the fundamentals of gas and arc welding. Students will be exposed to the common implements and equipment used in the agriculture industry. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required for this course.

Prerequisite(s):
AG 113, MTH 108.
Agriculture Equipment and Tooling4
DSL 151A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the theory and application of cutting and welding processes. Topics include gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, plasma arc cutting, and flame cutting techniques as well as hands-on activities completing simple fabrication projects. 10 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Basic Welding, Cutting, and Fabrication4
DSL 241
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6 Quarter Hours

Combines heating and cooling of the truck cab (driver comfort), product refrigeration for freight industry, and passenger comfort for the bussing industry. Students learn to diagnose and repair vehicles and commercial heating/refrigeration systems. Topics include lubricants, compressor types, electrical and mechanical controls, refrigerant types and characteristics, as well as leak testing and repair. Includes lecture and hands-on experiences to assist in preparation for the State License exam for Automotive Heating/Air Conditioning as well as EPA 609 and EPA 608 certifications. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 141.
Heavy Duty Heating/Air Conditioning6
DSL 251
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on ADA and other systems used in the bussing industry. Topics and equipment covered include, but are not limited to, bus doors, ADA lifts, audio/video systems, passenger lighting, and comfort controls. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 141.
Auxiliary Systems4
DSL 261
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6 Quarter Hours

Focuses on manual transmission drive trains. Diagnosis, service and repair of manual transmissions, transfer boxes, clutches, and single and dual rear drive axles will be covered. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 141.
Heavy Duty Drive Trains6
DSL 271
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5 Quarter Hours

Focuses on an introduction to diesel engine fault diagnosis and adjustments and/or repair. Topics include computerized engine controls, fuel systems, turbo chargers and superchargers as well as the use of computerized diagnostic equipment. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 101, C or better in DSL 141, C or better in DSL 171.
Diesel Engine Performance5
DSL 281
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on preventative maintenance of the engines, fuel system, air and exhaust system, and cooling system. Coverage will include safety equipment, instruments and controls along with hardware, inspections of the brakes, tires, wheels and suspension, and steering systems. Diagnosis and repair of problems related to any of the systems will be covered. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 181, C or better in DSL 221, C or better in DSL 231.
Heavy Duty Bus/Truck Maintenance4
DSL 285
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides extensive safety training while addressing the installation, maintenance, and servicing of various types of power generation sets. Topics include a basic introduction to generators/alternators, voltage regulation, governors, engine/generator instrumentation and controls, generator protection, automatic transfer switches, sizing and servicing generator systems, and electronic switching components necessary in the generation and/or transmission of electric power. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in DSL 142, C or better in DSL 271.
Power Generation4
DSL 291
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5 Quarter Hours

Focuses on maintenance, inspection, and repair of heavy equipment hydraulic systems. Topics and equipment include pumps, filtration, hoses and fittings, control valves, and actuators. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Diesel Service Technology.

Prerequisite(s):
AST 112B or DSL 141, MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Hydraulics5

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 63

Program Description

This program prepares graduates to maintain, diagnose, and repair medium and heavy duty vehicles and to perform successfully on the certification exams required for all persons who seek to work in positions as diesel mechanics/technicians in the state of Michigan. The program will focus on electrical systems, diesel engines, diesel engine performance, preventative maintenance, heavy duty brakes and suspensions along with other areas as selected by the student. Diesel courses will be taught at the Auto/Diesel Institute.

The Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan at Baker College of Owasso is the only college in Michigan with Master Accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for Diesel Service Technology.

Baker College of Owosso is a Michigan CAT preferred college.

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Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Diesel Service Technology program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Diesel Service Technology program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Diesel Service Technology program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: *
    • Private education loans: *
    • Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of Diesel Service Technology program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $14,655
    Books and supplies: $2,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.